That makes museum the perfect afternoon’s chill getaway in the stifling midsummer heat. And even if you’ve lived in Austin for a while, it’s good to re-visit familiar places. (Hint: Museums change it up way more often than you think.)
Just in case you haven’t noticed, it’s a presidential election year. Seems like a good time to head to the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum to brush up on a little history, no? For example, did you remember that it was 52 years ago this month — on July 2, 1964 — President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act?
At the Bullock Texas State History Museum, “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture” is a multi-media exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History that explores the historical, cultural and scientific intersection of humans and food.
This summer Blanton Museum of Art pairs a stunning (and important) exhibit of Spanish master Francisco de Goya, Goya: Mad Reason, with an monumental yet ethereal installation, Book from the Sky, by Chinese artist Xu Bing.
And they’re in: The Austin Critics’ Table today announces the nominations for its 2015-2016 arts awards.
Now in its 24th year, the Critics’ Table in an informal group of arts writers from the American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle who annually recognize achievement in the arts.
The free awards ceremony is at 7 p.m. May 23 at Cap City Comedy Club.
Also being honored this year as new inductees to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame are Austin Symphony Orchestra music director Peter Bay, Ballet Austin executive director Cookie Ruiz and Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills.
Independent or Public Project
“Field Constructs Design Competition,” Rachel Adams, Catherine Gavin, and Igor Siddiqui.
“Omission,” Juan Deleon, TEMPO/AIPP
“Las Piñatas,” David A. Goujon, TEMPO/AIPP
“Sew Wasted,” Los Outsiders
“Sound Atlas,” Steve Parker, Drawing Lines
Ensemble Performance “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play,”Mary Moody Northen Theatre
“The Wild Party,” UT Austin Department of Theatre and Dance
“The Diary of Anne Frank,” UT Department of Theatre and Dance
“The Dumb Waiter,” Capital T Theatre
“The Tree Play,” Robi Polgar
“Tortoise & Hare,” Summer Stock Austin
Music Direction Austin Haller, “Sunday in the Park With George” Lyn Koenning, “The Wild Party”
Michael McKelvey, “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play”
Allen Robertson, “Sophisticated Ladies”/”Tortoise & Hare”
Peter Stopschinski, “She Loves Me”
John VanderGheynst, “Hairspray”
David Mark Cohen New Play Award
“Tender Rough Rough Tender,” Sarah Saltwick
“Fixing Timon of Athens,” Kirk Lynn
“The Tree Play,” Robi Polgar
“Hands Up Hoodies Down,” Zell Miller III
“Hunger,” Ebony Stewart “Tortoise & Hare,” Allen Robertson & Damon Brown
Costume Design Talena Martinez, “Marie Antoinette”
Curtis Uhlemann and Bobby Moffett, “The Warriors”
Mercedes O’Bannion, “Mast/The Government Inspector”
Kelsey Vidic, “The Diary of Anne Frank”
E. L. Hohn, “The Wild Party”
Jenny McNee & Jennifer Rose Davis, “The History of King Lear”
Court Watson, “Evita”
Lighting Design Patrick Anthony, “Year of the Rooster“/“Hunger“/“Terminus“/”Medea”/”Marie Antoinette”
Stephen Pruitt, “In Your Shoes”/”Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show”/”True Story”/”Lumen”
Megan Slayter, “Dancestry”
Jennifer Rogers, “The Tree Play”
Po-Yang Sung, “The Diary of Anne Frank”
Michelle Habeck, “Sophisticated Ladies”
Sarah Maines, “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play”
Sound Design Robert S. Fisher, “Gusev/The Night Alive/The Realistic Joneses”
K. Eliot Haynes, “Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show/Mr. Burns, a post-electric play”
William Meadows, “Edge of Grace”
Lowell Bartholomee, “The Tree Play/Year of the Rooster”
Ben Campbell, “The Diary of Anne Frank”
Craig Brock, “Evita”
Video Design Lowell Bartolomee, “When the Rain Stops Falling”
Eliot Gray Fisher, “The Warriors”
Jared LeClaire, “The Wild Party”
Julia Smith, “Gusev”
Matt Smith, “The Diary of Anne Frank”
Singer Donnie Ray Albert, Aida
Tuija Knihtilä, Aida
Chan Yang Lim, At the Statue of Venus
Eric Neuville, The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson Issachar Savage, Aida
Karen Slack, Aida
Julia Taylor, Three Decembers
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson
Anton Nel & Bion Tsang, Butler School of Music
Medieval Pilgrimage in Iberia, Texas Early Music Project The Late Show, Austin Chamber Music Center
Pléiades, line upon line percussion
The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson, Conspirare
Start the New Year With Bach, La Follia
Traffic Jam, Steve Parker
Instrumentalist Catherine Davis, Illusory Impressions
Jessica Mathaes, Compassion
Anton Nel, Anton Nel & Bion Tsang
Stephen Redfield, Start the New Year With Bach
Michelle Schumann, The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson/In the Face of Trouble
Bion Tsang, Anton Nel & Bion Tsang
Keith Womer, Start the New Year With Bach, La Follia
Among the more than 5 million items in its renowned photo collection, the University of Texas’ Ransom Center claims the world’s first photograph (made in 1826 or 1827) and keeps it on permanent display.
The center is particularly rich with photographs from 19th-century including the work Victorian pioneers such as Lewis Carroll and Julia Margaret Cameron.
Thankfully the Ransom Center isn’t resting on its laurels.
In a new exhibit opening today, the research archive unveils some of its especially important recent acquisitions of contemporary innovators whose experiments with photographic process push the medium forward.
Photography curator Jessica S. McDonald has done a very admiral job of adding photographs to the collection that continue the story of what could be considered a very democratic art form.
McDonald unveils work made during particularly vibrant periods in the medium’s artistic evolution, such as the American “photo boom” of the 1960s and 1970s during which artist like Betty Hahn who shook up the formalities of the medium.
Also now a part of the Ransom Center’s story of the history of photography are images by current artists like Alejandro Cartagena who offer a vision that is decidedly contemporary.
Admission to the Ransom Center is free and it’s open every day of the week.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays (Thursdays until 7 p.m.), noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu
A chamber opera by Austin alt classical composer Graham Reynolds is one of 46 projects nation-wide that have been awarded a coveted Creative Capital Awards.
The awards give artists $50,000 in funding for a specific project as well as $45,000 worth of career development services provided by Creative Capital, an organization whose arts philanthropy is inspired by venture principals.